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Meet 45-year-old Rugiatu from Torpoi town Bo, Southern area in Sierra Leone. She is married with 4 children between the ages of 8 and 26 years. Two of her children are currently attending school. In 1997, Rugiatu established her retail business. She began her business because she was trained in business; she thinks that business is the best for her. She works at the business every day, going door-to-door to introduce her new products to her customers. She says that her main challenges are inadequate capital to expand her business and an unsuitable business location from which to operate.

Rugiatu requires a loan in order to buy more suitcases, bags, food containers and pots. She hopes that the extra income from this loan will allow her to increase her business and open a savings account. In the future, Rugiatu plans to open a big general merchandise store. She thanks you for your support.

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About BRAC Sierra Leone

This loan is administered by BRAC Sierra Leone. BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, takes a multi-dimensional approach to attacking poverty through offering a comprehensive range of programs in the realms of microfinance, capacity building, livelihood development, health, education, and social justice.

BRAC Sierra Leone plays a large role in providing economic empowerment to communities that lack access to the financial mainstream. BRAC Sierra Leone offers small enterprise loans to men and women who desire to expand their small businesses, generate employment opportunities, and provide new services. More information can be found on BRAC Sierra Leone’s Kiva Field Partner Page.

About Sierra Leone

  • $2,100
    Average annual income
  • 41
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    Sierra Leone Loans Fundraising
  • $10,094,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,320.0
    Sierra Leone Leones (SLL) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Rugiatu to buy more suitcases, bags, food containers and pots.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013